Ocean in a Bottle Project


Here’s a science project that doubles as a fun craft. Create your very own ocean waves in a plastic soda bottle. Display for all your friends to see!

What you’ll need:

  • Empty two liter plastic bottle with lid
  • Clear vegetable oil or mineral oil
  • Water
  • funnel
  • Blue food coloring
  • Small star fish, shells and other sea creatures
  • One tsp glitter
  • White craft glue
  • Hot glue

How to make it:

  1. Wash and dry two-liter bottle and remove all labels
  2. Fill bottle halfway with tap water
  3. Add a few drops of blue food coloring and swirl around to mix
  4. Add glitter
  5. Add sea creatures
  6. Fill bottle the rest of the way with vegetable oil using a funnel
  7. Be sure that rim and cap are dry, then apply white craft glue around the rim. Seal cap.
  8. Use a layer of hot glue around the outer edge of the cap for added protection from leakage
  9. Turn bottle on its side and gently rock the bottle to create a “wave” inside your ocean habitat!


  • Use lightweight starfish, shells and other sea creature toys that can float. Test them first in a bowl or glass of water. Find these at your local craft supply store or discount department store.
  • Make the ocean any color you choose! Blue is standard of course, but if your child’s room is decorated with red and yellow, go with red food coloring. There’s no rule that says your ocean must be blue.
  • Small children will be mesmerized by this creation. They can help make this every step. Let them insert the sea creatures, hold the funnel and help add the tap water. In the steps that may be more difficult for little fingers, have them hold the bottle steady for you while you add the glitter.


Dress for the Weather Chart


As a kid, I always thought it would be great to have some kind of chart for what to wear for different temperatures. My parents always had the rule of no swimming unless it’s at least 80 degrees. But for other days, do I need a jacket? Can I wear shorts? Do I HAVE to wear a coat? Awwww… Mom!!

Here’s a chart to end the fights. It was created for people with autism. But I think it’s great for anyone that’s just not sure.

Make your own with an outdoor thermometer and clip art


Study and Homework Tips

Find a method that works for you. Here’s what we’ve found that works well for a lot of people:

  • A non-busy room
  • Good lightingstudy-tips_WEB
  • Low music, your choice
  • Snacks, like pretzels
  • Study materials; text book, paper, pen or pencil, & highlighter

Let’s say you need to study a chapter for history class.

Before you read the chapter, go thru and write out the vocabulary words (the ones in bold) on a piece of paper.

Go to the glossary and add the definitions. (I like to highlight the vocab words.)

If you will be answering questions from the chapter, pre-read the questions.

Then go ahead and read the chapter.

When you notice where a possible answer to a question might be, mark down the page number with the topic on the back of your vocab sheet.  You can refer to this later.

While the information is still fresh in your mind, answer the questions. *hint* Generally, the questions are in same order that the chapter was presented in. So if you are searching for an answer to #3. Check out where you found #2 and #4 and look between.

Then take a much needed break. Yay!

When test day nears, pull out the vocab sheet and have a friend or family member quiz you on the definitions. First by giving you the definition and you provide the vocab word, then the other way around.

If there are history dates or important people involved, quiz on those too.